Where was I on Tuesday, 11 September 2001? I was still living at home in the Fort Wayne, IN, area. I was working at the university library at the Fort Wayne campus of both Indiana University and Purdue University (IPFW), where I had recently studied for my bachelor's and master's degrees in biology....Jump to post
I didn't actually play (not physically capable or athletically inclined), but I was involved as manager of some of my high school's sports teams: tennis, golf, basketball, and baseball. In the inaugural baseball season (we didn't get our own diamond until years after I graduated), I was manager. The...Jump to post
My favourite potato chips I have ever had were made by Seyferts, in Fort Wayne, IN (my hometown). They had their factory in Fort Wayne. They provided the chips for the Zoo-Loo-Au zoo members' family picnic at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo every summer during my childhood. Seyferts is going out of busine...Jump to post
I have found something very interesting about the configuration of (most of) BA's 744s: In the most common version (including the ones assigned to the LHR-DEN route, which I'm flying in October), the World Traveller Plus (WT+) premium economy cabin is located in zone 2, sandwiched between first clas...Jump to post
IND's old terminal had rotundas at the ends of concourses B and C. LAX still has oval rotundas at the ends of some of its terminals (the original terminals). JFK T6 had two rotundas, and T5 (TWA Flight Center) had a guitar-shaped concourse (Flight Wing One) and the other concourse was pentagonal wit...Jump to post
VHS was new when I was a child (I never used a Betamax tape though); my family got their first VCR in 1985. We didn't get our first DVD player until 2003, when I went out and bought one for the family for Christmas that year (as VHS were being replaced by DVDs by then). As soon as DVD came out, VHS ...Jump to post
I was born in 1975, so here goes... *Checking into the hospital a full day before my operation, so they could do a full day's worth of tests, admission, everything, plus getting a tour of the operating suite and recovery room. I had lots of surgeries as a child--at a children's hospital two states a...Jump to post
The tendency for regional flights from hubs like ORD or CLT to regional airports like FWA to get delayed or cancelled first, before mainline gets delayed or cancelled, is one reason why I no longer fly into my hometown FWA (plus the time wasted connecting, plus the cramped nature of RJs themselves a...Jump to post
I just got back from a week in London for a dental conference. I flew UA DEN-LHR return (UA26 DEN-LHR 23 July and UA27 LHR-DEN 30 July), the nonstop DEN-LHR route recently begun by UA using a 787-8. I arrived at and departed from the new Terminal 2 ("Queen's Terminal"). It's a lovely new t...Jump to post
I missed all that (I didn't start flying commercially until 1993, age 18, and my first 747 flight was in 1994 on TWA, at age 19). But I was always fascinated by the 747s back in my childhood in the 1980s and always wanted to fly one. My childhood home was full of old National Geographic magazines, w...Jump to post
What is the largest size passenger plane that can be handled at the FWA terminal? Is the terminal (and its gates) too small for a TATL narrowbody or widebody, and what is the maximum aircraft door sill height and aircraft size for the jetways? Is a FIS still in future plans for the terminal? Flying ...Jump to post
Recently I travelled to Australia (DEN-LAX-MEL-PER on AA and QF, and PER-SYD-LAX-DEN on QF and AA). The SYD-LAX leg was on AA, and I was seated in Main Cabin Extra on their 777-300ER (77W). I noticed (both on the AA site seat map for my flight, and on the plane itself) that Main Cabin Extra seating ...Jump to post
In terms of future TATL service from IND, what routes and airlines do you predict--Iceland, UK, Ireland, or continental European routes? LCCs or standard carriers? For example, I wonder if London is still a possibility--either LHR with BA/DL/AA (using 787 or 767) or LGW with DY (787)? How about addi...Jump to post
I wouldn't buy a plane... But I would fly premium class to the UK, Europe, Australia, Brazil, and other places where my craniofacial colleagues (research and medical) are, as often as possible, to work with them and keep up my professional connections whilst also enjoying where I live or visit. (BA,...Jump to post
On Saturday 16 September, I flew on the inaugural Norwegian DEN-LGW (a 787-9). On Saturday 30 September I flew back from LGW-DEN on a Norwegian 787-9. What would be the registration of each of those two planes, and whose picture would have been on each tail (as Norwegian planes have pictures of nota...Jump to post
Prosecco tastes great...especially when mixed in equal parts with grapefruit juice! (By the way, I've never seen grapefruit juice on airlines or on cruise ships; if it were, I'd have it mixed half-and-half with prosecco.) Is there a name for that mix? It was suggested to me at a destination liquor s...Jump to post
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k115/SmithAlien/cruise%20ship%20in%20London_zpsvjsscosb.jpg On Tuesday 19 September, whilst I was in London, I was up in the Shard observatory. Looking down on the Thames, I saw this small cruise ship moored next to HMS Belfast. What ship is this, and why was it th...Jump to post
Also, should FWA get FIS, I could see DY or WW trying the airport. Like SBN’s pursuit of DY, FWA has experience with less than daily leisure ULCC service by way of G4. I know people would luv WN here, but there simply isn’t terminal room at peak hours, and the only initial stations that could make ...Jump to post
I just looked at the May 24, 2018, IND-CDG nonstop (one way), Flight 500, at delta.com (whilst logged into my account). The fares are $2759.10 in Main Cabin (B) and $8590.10 in Delta One (C). Both fares are changeable and refundable. Flight 500 departs IND at 18:12 and arrives at CDG at 08:45 +1, fo...Jump to post
I'm going to GRU from November 2-24, DEN-DFW-GRU on AA. I arrive in GRU on the 3rd and leave GRU on the 23 and arrive back in the US on the 24. When I booked it, the DFW-GRU was on a 787, but AA changed my flight some time ago and both the DFW-GRU and GRU-DFW legs are now on 77Ws. I wondered why, no...Jump to post
I'd love to see a nonstop DEN-Australia route or two. I just got back from a trip to Perth, Australia, last week. The flight out (on 28-30 August) was AA/QF DEN-LAX-MEL-PER, and the return (on 6-7 September) was PER-SYD-LAX-DEN (QF/AA). A nonstop between DEN and somewhere in Australia would be nice....Jump to post
I did it once: In January 2013, on my way back to YYC from spending the holidays with my family in FWA, I flew UA FWA-ORD-IAH-YYC, just because I had noticed this itinerary (when I was booking) had the then-new 787 on the ORD-IAH leg. I also happened to get a smashing deal on a F class ticket. So I ...Jump to post
I attained my PhD in oral & craniofacial sciences in 2012 from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). Previously, I had done a BS (1998) and MS (2001) in biology from Purdue University (at the Fort Wayne local campus). I pursued further education in biomedical science at King's Colle...Jump to post
I'm in Australia right now (my first ever visit), specifically in Perth. I was introduced to Australian footy on Saturday, when I went to the Fremantle Oval (is that a cricket oval?) for the WAFL qualifying final between the South Fremantle Bulldogs and Peel Thunder. Since WAFL are a semi-pro league...Jump to post
My booked cruises for 2018: 1) Star Trek: The Cruise II (5-11 January), on NCL Jade. 2nd year of the officially licensed Star Trek full-ship charter cruise. The 2017 inaugural cruise, marking Star Trek's 50th anniversary, was hosted by William Shatner (Captain James T. Kirk). The upcoming cruise wil...Jump to post
I wanted to be a pilot when I was a young boy (decades ago), but my multiple physical challenges (due to total lack of ears and poor eyesight in one eye, plus other craniofacial anomalies) meant that was out of the picture. I went on to pursue a career in medical research--focusing on craniofacial e...Jump to post
By the way, I meant to ask, what do you predict the DEN-FWA service might use--an RJ most likely (on UA, that is)? As for DEN nonstop TATL service, I really appreciate it! Last year (January 2016), I flew BA DEN-LHR nonstop roundtrip, on the 747 (my all-time favourite indeed). I have another trip t...Jump to post
Small world FWA to DEN. It does feel like quite the journey to return to FWA from DEN. Regardless of O & D between FWA and DEN, they really need the flight for connections if anything. Im not a huge fan of the RJs either so I also end up on the WN from DEN-IND. Frontier and United are both on t...Jump to post
Midwestindy I always appreciate your posts and thanks for keeping me updated on Indiana in general. I've stood on the sidelines for several years and finally felt that I needed to say something (just blabbing of course) My hometown, FWA, has had awful air service for most of my life but has been ex...Jump to post
I would love to find the registrations for my first two 747s (a roundtrip TWA trip JFK-MAD, both ways on 747s).
My first 747 was TWA flight 904, JFK-MAD, 26 March 1994.
The return trip, also on a 747, was TWA flight 903, MAD-JFK, 4 April 1994.
Could the convenience, larger choice of flights and airlines, etc. at IND eventually "kill off" FWA air traffic? This year I've found it more convenient, more affordable, etc. to fly nonstop on WN to IND than fly via connections to FWA (even though FWA is my old hometown to which I travel ...Jump to post
I'm curious... For those of you going into or out of Fort Wayne (or northeastern Indiana), would you be more likely to choose to fly into FWA itself or into IND? What factors into the decision? I live in Denver now (and have previously lived in London, San Francisco, and Calgary since leaving Fort W...Jump to post
United is operating a special flight #2704 from ORD to SFO on Friday, July 28th!!!! I just booked that flight! I'm flying on UA from DEN to ORD that afternoon, then taking that special 747-400 flight (2704) ORD-SFO, then another UA flight back to DEN that night. https://www.bizjournals.com/chicago/...Jump to post
In Edingburgh, there is at least one or two shops that sells Christmas decorations all year round (from the Scottish parliament building upto the castle). They get a lot of visitors during the year. Granted, there are stores that only sell Christmas decorations year round (they, of course, may atte...Jump to post
FLOWN: January 2017: 1 January: AA FWA-DFW-DEN (CRJ-900 FWA-DFW, MD-90 DFW-DEN) 8 January: DL DEN-ATL-MIA (757 DEN-ATL, 737 ATL-MIA) 15 January: WN FLL-DEN (737) June 2017: 5 June: WN DEN-IND (737) 10 June: WN IND-DEN (737) 22 June: DL DEN-CVG (717) 25 June: DL CVG-DTW-DEN (CRJ-700 CVG-DTW, 757 DTW-...Jump to post
Here's the original video of the cancelled Carnival Pinnacle project, from the shipyard Fincantieri itself.
I'm taking the plunge and planning my dream cruise--the Cunard Queen Mary 2 transatlantic crossing from New York City to Southampton, for next summer (2018). Is any one summer month (June, July, or August 2018) the best for taking the voyage? I'll be booking within the next few days, so your help an...Jump to post
In my old home state of Indiana, the only city served by WN is IND. Indiana's second largest city, Fort Wayne (FWA), which is my old hometown, is not served by WN--it's served only by regional affiliates of UA, DL, and AA, as well as G4. Perhaps FWA is considered too small for WN service? My last tr...Jump to post
I have actually found WN to be better for some of my trips than the legacies, as WN offer 2 free bags and no change fees. Last week I flew DEN-IND nonstop roundtrip. Originally I was only going to be in Indianapolis, and my trip was originally 5-8 June. But the week before I left on the trip, I exte...Jump to post
These recent terror attacks happened in one of my favourite (and most frequented) areas of London--London Bridge and Borough Market. When I was a student at King's College London, Guy's Hospital campus at London Bridge (2004-2007), I used to walk daily from Russell Square (where my hall was) to Lond...Jump to post
I'm seriously considering doing this in a few years (next year or so). I have lived in London before, and have travelled there often, for studies and for my craniofacial research work. My last trip there was in January 2016 (BA nonstop DEN-LHR), and my next trip is scheduled for September this year ...Jump to post
I was just in Indianapolis last week (on a trip visiting both Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, both former hometowns of my childhood). I've flown in and out of IND several times since 1993, and the first time I saw the new terminal was in September 2014 on a trip to Fort Wayne. This time, I got to see m...Jump to post
I'm booked on the inaugural Norwegian DEN-LGW service, 16 September, and returning on 23 September. I initially booked LowFare+, but later upgraded it to Premium both ways.
Have any of you flown Norwegian transatlantic to/from the US?
Fort Wayne, IN, has 250,000 population (about 400,000 MSA), and is served by 2 airports: Fort Wayne International (FWA) for airline service (G4, AA, UA, DL) and Smith Field (SMD) for GA aircraft. SmithAir747 Also in FWA's catchment area: Warsaw (ASW), population 14,280 and home to bizjets for Zimme...Jump to post
Years ago, I read about a very early form of "calculated misery"--back when the passenger railways began in England in the 1830s, there were third-class carriages with bench seats and no roof (basically, open goods wagons with seats). I read that the aim of this was to make the experience ...Jump to post